Two years earlier, in September 2019, Ocasio-Cortez made a student loan payment during a congressional hearing.
“I literally made a student loan payment while I was sitting here at this chair,” she said. “I looked at my balance, and it is $20,237.16. And I just made a payment that took me down to $19,000, so I feel really accomplished right now.”
If Ocasio-Cortez’s statements are true, then she paid off less than $2,000 of her student loans between September 2019 and December 2021.
During that time, Ocasio-Cortez reportedly bought a Tesla with a retail price of up to $59,000 and attended the Met Gala in New York City, where the cost of a seat started at $35,000 and tables went for $200,000 to $300,000.
She also spent a good deal of money on rent for those two-plus years. Indeed, the 32-year-old lives in a luxury high-rise apartment building in Washington, D.C. where monthly rents range from at least $2,000 for a studio apartment to more than $5,000 for a three-bedroom.
Amenities for the complex include saunas, several pools, multiple gyms, racquetball courts, massage rooms, a golf simulator, and a rooftop dog park, among others.
The congresswoman also has a second residence in her home district in New York City.
As a member of Congress, Ocasio-Cortez makes $174,000 a year — about two-and-a-half times the median income for U.S. households. However, she still hasn’t paid off her student loan balance, despite her salary, a 0% interest rate, and now owing much less than the nearly $30,000 (exact figures vary depending on the source) that the average graduate owes.